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Red adds Helium and Gemini sensor options to Ranger cameras

Red has added its Helium 8K S35 and Gemini 5K S35 sensors to the Red Ranger camera ecosystem. These two new options offer an alternative for creators who prefer an integrated, all-in-one system to the more modular Red DSMC2 camera.

The Ranger Helium 8K S35 and Ranger Gemini 5K S35 are available now via Red’s global network of resellers, through participating rental houses and directly through Red. They join the Red Ranger Monstro 8K VV sensor, which remains a rental house-only product.

All three sensor variants of the Red Ranger camera system include the same benefits of the compact, standardized camera body, weighing around 7.5 pounds (depending on battery). The system can also handle heavy-duty power sources to satisfy power-hungry configurations and boasts a large fan for quiet, more efficient temperature management.

The Red Ranger camera system consists of three SDI outputs (two mirrored and one independent), allowing two different looks to be output simultaneously; wide-input voltage (11.5V to 32V); 24V and 12V power outs (two of each); one 12V P-Tap; integrated 5-pin XLR stereo audio input (line/mic/+48V selectable); as well as genlock, timecode, USB, and control. Both V-Lock and Gold Mount battery options are supported.

As with all current Red cameras, the Ranger can simultaneously record Redcode RAW plus Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD or DNxHR at up to 300 MB/s write speeds. It also features Red’s end-to-end color management and post workflow with the enhanced image processing pipeline (IPP2).

Ranger Helium and Ranger Gemini ship complete with:

  • New production top handle
  • Shimmed PL mount
  • New LCD/EVF Adaptor D with improved cable routing when used on the left side of the camera
  • New 24V AC power adaptor with 3-pin 24V XLR power cable, which can also be used with 24V block batteries
  • Lens mount shim pack
  • Compatible Hex and Torx tools

Additionally, Red plans to introduce Canon EF Mount versions of both Ranger Helium and Ranger Gemini later this year.

Pricing for the two new variants is $29,950 for Ranger Helium and $24,950 for Ranger Gemini.

Red’s new Gemini 5K S35 sensor offers low-light and standard mode

Red Digital Cinema’s new Gemini 5K S35 sensor for its Red Epic-W camera leverages dual-sensitivity modes, allowing shooters to use standard mode for well-lit conditions or low-light mode for darker environments.

In low-light conditions, the Gemini 5K S35 sensor allows for cleaner imagery with less noise and better shadow detail. Camera operators can easily switch between modes through the camera’s on-screen menu with no down time.

The Gemini Mini 5K S35 sensor offers an increased field of view at 2K and 4K resolutions compared to the higher-resolution Red Helium sensor. In addition, the sensor’s 30.72mm x 18mm dimensions allow for greater anamorphic lens coverage than with Helium or Red Dragon sensors.

“While the Gemini sensor was developed for low-light conditions in outer space, we quickly saw there was so much more to this sensor,” explains Jarred Land, president of Red Digital Cinema. “In fact, we loved the potential of this sensor so much, we wanted to evolve it to for broader appeal. As a result, the Epic-W Gemini now sports dual-sensitivity modes. It still has the low-light performance mode, but also has a default, standard mode that allows you to shoot in brighter conditions.”

Built on the compact DSMC2 form factor, this new camera and sensor combination captures 5K full-format motion at up to 96fps along with data speeds of up to 275MB per second. Additionally, it supports Red’s IPP2 enhanced image processing pipeline in-camera. Like all of Red’s DSMC2 cameras, the Epic-W is able to shoot simultaneous Redcode RAW and Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD/HR recording and adheres to Red’s “Obsolescence Obsolete” program, which allows current Red owners to upgrade their technology as innovations are unveiled. It also lets’ them move between camera systems without having to purchase all new gear.

Starting at $24,500, the new Red Epic-W with Gemini 5K S35 sensor is available for purchase now. Alternatively, Weapon Carbon Fiber and Red Epic-W 8K customers will have the option to upgrade to the Gemini sensor at a later date.